– Audio Tour –
“Part art project, part history lesson and part contemporary social criticism.”
(The Brooklyn Paper)
Anyplace, Brooklyn, an audio walking tour of Downtown Brooklyn, premiered at Conflux, the annual New York Festival for Contemporary Psychogeography, in September, 2007. Participants described the experience as “eye-opening,” “multi-layered,” “complex,” “nuanced,” and “informative and thoughtful.”
The audio walk mixed documentary sounds, interviews and guided observation to explore critical issues raised by New York City’s Downtown Brooklyn Development Plan including: public space, democracy, eminent domain, freedom of expression and privatization. Walkers explored two very distinct areas of downtown Brooklyn: the small business area on and around Fulton Mall, and the privately-owned-public-space called Metro Tech Commons. While experiencing these highly contrasted versions of public life in NYC, participants learned that the city passed the Downtown Brooklyn Development Plan to encourage more towering office and residential construction in the low-rise Fulton Mall area. Through narration and interviews with area residents, activists and shoppers, this audio walk asked participants to carefully observe public life in Downtown Brooklyn and to imagine the kind of public space and city they would like to see.
“Thank you for this experience. It was sublime… Social studies, local politics, and
race relations were all explored while examining buildings and neighborhoods I had previously only breezed through without really stopping to notice anything.
This audio walk made me think about my community in a richer, deeper way.“
– Participant Comment
- Conflux Festival, NY, NY, 2007
- Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY 2006 – 2007
- Audio Tours and Civic Engagement, Syracuse University, NY (2008)
- Interactive and Multimedia Documentary, Expanding the Documentary, SUNY Purchase College (2011)
- The Urban Documentary: New Forms for New Cities, Visible Evidence 18, NYU/Hunter College (2011)
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Anyplace, Brooklyn by Samara Smith is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.